Accused of the murder of Malcolm Burrows in 2006, Braseel was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder, especially aggravated robbery, attempt to commit first degree murder, aggravated assault, and assault in 2007. On December 25, 2015, Judge Justin Angel issued an order granting Braseel a new trial, finding an abridgement against his fifth, sixth, and fourteenth amendment rights. Angel ruled that Braseel’s previous attorneys failed to suppress flawed evidence at the original trial and were ineffective. Braseel was free on bond awaiting his new trial when, in October, the state’s Attorney General reversed Angel’s decision and Braseel was remanded into custody. In February, the Tennessee Supreme Court of Appeals upheld the Attorney General’s reversal and Braseel remains in custody.
Braseel’s only hope for freedom, say supporters, lies with a federal court granting him a new trial.
Supporters will meet at Legislative Plaza in Nashville, at 7:30 a.m., on April 11, to show their backing for Braseel.